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Alright, so for some reason, when I play CS:S, I have to launch the game and open up task manager. I have to find HL2, and I have to set the priority to "Low". I do this every time I launch the game, and I'm not sure why.
windows 7 64 bit
ATI Radeon 4870
AMD Athlon 3700+ Single core processor
Alright, so my first question: Why do I have to set it to low priority? My guess is that I need more ram, and a better processor (in the process of getting a 6 core processor from AMD >:D), so am I right?
And my second question, how do i set it to where it ALWAYS runs on LOW priority? I can't do it in the launch options, or any other ways I've tried :( HELP!!!
(Also it doesn't let me run HL2.exe in compatibility mode :( )
Because Windows sucks.
No seriously, it's a kernel bug. At least, that's by and far the most likely cause. Without thoroughly explaining the concept of threading it's hard to explain why that's so, but even then... setting the priority to low fixes things? I can understand setting it to high, but low.... In any case, getting a new processor or RAM won't fix the problem. More powerful hardware may make the problem less noticeable, but it won't fix it.
As for your second question, see here.